Air travelers have been vocal about about shrinking seat sizes and rising surcharges on commercial airlines, especially over the last decade, and now it seems that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to take action to give passengers more room and prevent surprise fees.
The Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill is just one of these pieces of legislation. In it, there are a number of flyer-friendly provisions, like automatic fee refunds and better fee disclosure.
There are also other bills like the Forbid Airlines From Imposing Ridiculous Fees Act of 2016 which would bar fees that are considered “not reasonable and proportional” to costs the airlines incur. and the Seat Egress in Air Travel Act, which would set a minimum seat size and space between rows.
Airline industry groups argue that the Senate FAA bill imposes too many regulations on air carriers and that if Congress truly wants to improve people’s flying experience, it will take up air traffic control reform.
Charlie Leocha, chairman and co-founder of the consumer travel group Travelers United
Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs for the airline trade group Airlines For America, whose members include Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, and American Airlines